Obama, Merkel ‘share worries’ about situation in Ukraine

Obama, Merkel ‘share worries’ about situation in Ukraine

PanARMENIAN.Net - U.S. President Barack Obama spoke with German Chancellor Angela Merkel by phone on Thursday, April 17, about the situation in Ukraine, the offices of both leaders said, according to Reuters.

Obama and Merkel agreed during the call that Russia “should use its influence on armed groups in eastern Ukraine to calm the situation,” a German government spokeswoman said.

"Both shared their worries given current developments in eastern Ukraine, so they called on Russia to help contribute to a de-escalation," the spokeswoman, Christiane Wirtz, said in an email. "They said Russia in particular should use its influence on armed groups in eastern Ukraine to calm the situation," Wirtz said.

Obama and Merkel spoke around 10 am EDT, before the United States, Russia, Ukraine and the European Union issued a statement calling for an end to the violence in Ukraine.

 Top stories
Sisi spoke by phone to French President Francois Hollande and Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi about the Libya situation.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry denied any rift with EU leaders, saying, "I keep hearing people trying to create one.
"As two neighbors, Iran and Russia have common viewpoints toward political, regional and global issues," Dehghan said.
At least 2,500 and possibly up to 5,000 suspects have traveled from Europe to conflicts in Syria and Iraq, Wainwright said.
Partner news
Soghomon Tehlirian assassinated Talaat Pasha on March 15, 1921

Operation Nemesis was a covert operation by the Armenian Revolutionary Federation carried out from 1920 to 1922, during which a number of former Ottoman political and military figures were assassinated for their role in the Armenian Genocide.